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In today’s fast-paced lifestyle, regardless of work or leisure, it comes as no surprise that people want three things in their life: convenience, flexibility, and mobility. Hence, the emergence of the 2-in-1 laptop.

For those who are unfamiliar with the term, a 2-in-1 laptop is a hybrid notebook that can be served as a laptop and a tablet. Depending on the model, this 2-in-1 laptop can be either detachable or folded away to be used as a tablet. But with plenty of 2-in-1 laptops out there, which one is worth buying?

Here's a list of the 9 best 2-in-1 laptops we've put together that might interest you based on different needs.

1. Microsoft Surface Pro

Best with Windows 10 Pro - suitable for coding/programming

Price from RM3,769.00

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The fifth generation of Microsoft Surface Pro is a notable improvement over the Surface Pro 4. The hybrid laptop boasts a better battery life by 30 to 50% and is equipped with a 7th-generation (Kaby Lake) Intel Core m3 i5 processor. The good news is, it comes with a 256GB of solid-state drive and a decent 8GB of RAM made suitable for smooth coding or programming tasks.

2. Lenovo Yoga Book (YB1)

Best for writing and drawing

Price from RM2,448.00

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Lenovo Yoga Book offers the best of both worlds for writers and artists out there. The backlit touchscreen keyboard a.k.a. the Halo Keyboard offers a tactile typing experience, even though it might take time for you to get used to it. This is especially true if you are accustomed to the traditional keyboard.

The hybrid laptop also comes with a Wacom digitiser (stylus), which allows you to digitally write or sketch on the Create Pad. Alternatively, you can switch your stylus into an ink-based pen (Wacom Real Pen) to scribble or draw on a Yoga Book pad or any physical piece of paper. The Lenovo Yoga Book, which weighs at a scant 690g, is amazingly lightweight and can be carried around easily if you’re always on-the-go.

More: 7 Touchscreen Laptops for a More Interactive Experience

3. HP Spectre x360

Best for multitasking, movies, music as well as photo and video editing

Price from RM4,759.00

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Beyond its ultra-slim and lightweight design, the HP Spectre x360 is definitely not a slouch when it comes to performances. Thanks to its full HD display and ultra-thin side bezels, it gives you a maximum viewing experience when watching your favourite movies or high-resolution trailers from YouTube. Then, there’s the amazing sound quality blessed with quad speakers and new HP audio boost features custom-tuned by the legendary Danish audio experts, Bang & Olufsen.

Those who work in the creative industry will be pleased with the hybrid laptop’s speedy performance that enables you to render or edit photos or video files with little hassle, thanks to the powerful combo of Intel Core i7-7500U processor and NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics card. If you are looking for an all-around hybrid laptop, this is it.

4. Samsung Chromebook Pro

Best cheap 2-in-1 for school, college, and university students

Price from RM4,036.47

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Although the Samsung Chromebook Pro is categorised under a budget-priced laptop, you’ll be surprised that it comes with a wealth of features. Sure, the lack of backlit and cramped keyboard (especially if you have large fingers) is admittedly a turn-off. But it does redeem its shortcomings with its portable design at a mere 1.08kg.

The Samsung Chromebook Pro is also built solid with an all-aluminium construction, while the 2400×1600 QHD resolution display produces both vivid and bright colours on the screen. Another major plus is the laptop’s built-in stylus with a well-designed pen which makes writing or sketching a breeze.

5. Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

Best for everyday use, note-taking and music production

Price from RM4,599.00

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Sure, the price tag does look overwhelming. But the definition of “you get what you pay for” rings true for the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1. The name of the model is, of course, a hybrid version of the popular XPS 13 clamshell design. The lightweight yet ultra-thin chassis makes it easy for you to bring this laptop to wherever you go.

The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 also boasts a spectacular bezel-less InfinityEdge display that enables you to make full use of additional screen space such as splitting screens between Microsoft Words and Google Chrome. The combination of 400-nit brightness and full-HD resolution brings a sense of vibrancy whether you are reading online or streaming an educational video clip.

The keyboard is comfortable to use, which makes it all the more practical for note-taking. If you love to compose and produce music on a laptop, this one’s for you too! After all, it is well-equipped with a swift 7th-generation (Kaby Lake) Intel Core i5 processor alongside 256GB of solid-state drive and multiple ports & slots.

More: 8 Best Gaming Laptops You Can Get Under RM 3,000

6. HP EliteBook x360 G2

Best 2-in-1 for business and work

Price from RM7,799.00

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Whether you are working at the office or at home, the HP EliteBook x360 G2 is certainly built tough for business. The silver aluminium unibody gives this hybrid laptop a premium feel.

Not to mention the versatility that the HP EliteBook x360 G2 has to offer here, thanks to its 360-degree hinges which allows you to use it either as a laptop, a tablet or place it on a tent position for say, a PowerPoint presentation. The keyboard is particularly responsive to the touch, while the reasonably long battery life enables you to work for hours without the need of plugging the socket.

7. Samsung Notebook 7 Spin

Best with NVIDIA graphics - for gaming, Minecraft and graphic design

Price from RM7,681.89

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With a large 15.6-inch HDR display, a reasonably powerful NVIDIA 940MX graphics chip and a lightning-fast Intel Core i7-7500 dual-core processor, the Samsung Notebook 7 Spin is a solid hybrid laptop worthy of a spin (no pun intended). Besides, the 12GB RAM and 1TB of storage space is sufficient not just for gamers, but also versatile enough for those who work as a graphic designer.

More: 8 Laptops to Fit Every Need and Suit Every Budget

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